RECENT ARTICLES
  • Elementary School Starts Walking Program

    by Ben Calwell August 2016

    A long journey begins with the first step, and when Nitro Elementary School students clip on their pedometers during the first week of September, they'll be taking their first steps toward 100 miles. It's part of physical education teacher Jason Ericson's multi-pronged walking program that includes a 100 Mile Club, an after-school walking activity once a week and a once-a-month community walk involving students, their family members or anyone in the community.

  • Opinion: Open School Facilities Lead to Healthier Public

    by Chris Stansbury August 2016

    While many of our communities lack public gyms, private health clubs or even specified walking trails, every community has schools and every school has some level of athletic facilities. Over the years, access to these facilities for unorganized public recreation has been hampered by liability lawsuits and increased regulation.

  • Why Are More Communities Investing in Outdoor Fitness?

    by Emily Attwood August 2016

    This article appeared in the July/August issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • Obesity, Blood Pressure Rates High Among HS Athletes

    by Rita Giordano August 2016

    It's not just the couch potatoes and video-game jockeys. A new study of sports physicals has shown surprisingly high rates of obesity and elevated blood pressure among Philadelphia student athletes. Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University surveying four years of physical exam results for students ages 10 to 20 found obesity and high blood pressure appear to be as much of a problem for active kids as for their peers. The suggestion, the researchers say, is that even participation in athletics was not enough to protect the youngsters from these health concerns.

  • Physician's Research Prescribes Investment in Parks

    by Paul Steinbach August 2016

    This article appeared in the July/August issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • When Weight Training, Form and Safety Paramount

    by Kimberly Garrison August 2016

    We all agree that exercise is good for you, and we should also agree that whether you are a novice or veteran exerciser, much like the medical profession, your motto should be "first do no harm." While it's great that more people are working out, many unfortunately ignore proper exercise technique and safety, which can lead to unintended consequences.

  • Are Alternative Treatments Right for Student-Athletes?

    by Patricia Piant August 2016

    Young athletes probably noticed the deep purple circles on Michael Phelps' shoulders and wondered if they somehow gave the Olympic gold medalist an upper edge in the pool. These circles are marks left from "cupping," a traditional Chinese medicine healing treatment that has taken center stage in Rio but has been around for thousands of years — and it isn't just for Olympians.

  • Olympics Can Inspire People to Be More Active

    by Jennifer Graham August 2016

    An analysis of sports participation after the 2008 Games showed an increase in people taking up popular Olympic sports such as swimming, running and gymnastics the next year. And in one recent survey, nearly 70 percent of parents said they are inspired to become more active after watching athletic competitions.

  • 'Cupping' Makes Mark on U.S. Olympians

    by Josh Peter August 2016

    It turns out Michael Phelps and his pals at Olympic Aquatics Stadium aren't the only ones who use cupping therapy, which leaves large purple dots on the body and has created curiosity among fans.

  • Top Trends From a Fitness Guru

    by Stuart Goldman August 2016

    This article appeared in the September 2016 issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.